Installation Advice

The information on this page will provide you some tips and tricks to get the most from your installation.

You can watch our installation video, download our installation manual and check out our guides and tips for spacing and mounting heights below.

All of which will help you achieve the optimum performance and best use of your racks.


INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS

We recommend you measure and mount your Steadyrack's to suit each individual bike following the installation instructions for optimal performance.

Scroll down for help with your Steadyrack layout and designing your space.

Unboxing your new Steadyrack

Included with your Steadyrack

1 x Steadyrack

2 x End Caps

1 x Rear Tyre Rest

4 x Hex Bolts - for rack

4 x Masonry* Wall Plugs - for rack *Masonry use only

2 x Screws - for rear tyre rest

2 x Masonry* Wall Plugs - for rear tyre rest *Masonry use only

In your Steadyrack box you will find fixings to install your rack in either Masonry (brick/concrete) or Timber.

All Steadyrack bike racks can be mounted on any structurally sound vertical surface capable of supporting the weight of the rack and bike.

If you wish to mount your rack on a different surface; such as steel, you will need to purchase additional fixings.

Before you get started;

We do not recommend installing your Steadyrack into gyprock, plasterboard or drywall. Doing so will void your Steadyrack warranty. Provided wall plugs are for masonry use only.

Tips:

If your wall studs are not spaced how you would like to set out your racks, you can install plywood to the wall to create a suitable strength base enabling you more flexibility with your layout. Scroll down below for more guidance with spacing, layout & design of your Steadyrack installation.

How to measure the mounting height for individual racks

Place the rack on the floor

Place the bike in the rack as shown, leave a gap between the back tyre and the wall (A) between 50mm and 75mm is ideal. This will be the distance the bike hangs above the ground when it’s in the rack.

Place a temporary mark on the floor in one of the top mounting holes (B)

  • The two vertical holes for are used for installation into timber
  • The two horizontal holes are used for masonry installation

Measure the distance between the wall and the mark on the floor (C)

 

Tips:

You only need to transfer the one measurement to the wall. Then drill your hole and loosely mount your rack, take a spirit level and make sure the rack is level then mark the rest of the holes.

Mounting the rack to the wall or frame

Transfer the measurement to the wall and drill a hole where you have marked the wall (C)

Hang your rack and install the single bolt or screw loosely. Now your rack is hanging by one bolt.

Take a spirit level and place it on the side of the rack against the plastic body and make sure the rack is level.

Hold the rack firmly against the wall and make sure it doesn’t move, then mark the remaining hole at the top and two remaining holes at bottom with a marking pen or pencil.

Remove the rack and drill all the rest of the holes.

If installing in masonry insert supplied masonry wall plugs

Now hold your rack over the holes insert all 4 hex bolts and firmly fix the rack to the wall.

Click your end caps into place over the mounting plates

Masonry installation - Diagram D

  • Use 2 horizontal mounting holes as shown in diagram D
  • Use a masonry drill bit
  • Use supplied masonry wall plugs - insert into drilled holes before screwing bolts into rack
  • Hex bolts and wall plugs supplied are 10mm. Use a 10mm drill bit or equivalent

Timber installation - Diagram E

  • Use 2 vertical mounting holes as shown in diagram E
  • Use a drill bit smaller than the bolt size to drill a pilot hole for timber
  • NO WALL PLUG for timber installation
  • Hex bolts screw directly into timber - studwork or frames

Other installation types

For all other methods of installation - E.g. Steel - Please consult your local hardware supplier for appropriate fixings and installation advice

Tips:

1. If you loosely install one bolt first and let it support the rack it’s easier to then insert the remaining three without having to keep the rack from moving around while you insert the rest.

2. Only 4 bolts are required to secure the rack. 2 top and 2 bottom. Use the vertical or horizontal holes depending on your installation type.

Installing the rear tyre rest

Take your bike and hang it in the rack

Take the rear tyre rest and place it behind the rear tyre against the wall in line with the rear axle off your bike (G)

Place a mark on the wall through the top mounting hole. This will give you the mounting height for the rest.

Remove the rest and bike.

Take your spirit level and place it in the centre of your rack against the wall. Ensure the rear tyre rest and rack are level

Drill a hole on this mark - see notes below

Fit your rear tyre rest loosely using that hole.

Check the rest is level and mark the second hole.

Remove the rest and drill the hole for the second bolt as above.

Install the rest.

Masonry installation - Diagram H

  • Use a masonry drill bit
  • Use supplied masonry wall plugs - insert into drilled holes before screwing bolts into rear tyre rest
  • Rear tyre rest - Screws and wall plugs supplied are 8mm. Use a 8mm drill bit or equivalent

Timber installation - Diagram I

  • Use a drill bit smaller than the screw size to drill a pilot hole for timber if required. Some softer timber types will not require a pilot hole.
  • NO WALL PLUG for timber installation
  • Screws are screwed directly into timber - studwork or frames

Other installation types

For all other methods of installation - E.g. Steel - Please consult your local hardware supplier for appropriate fixings and installation advice

Tips:

Once you have placed the rest behind the tyre the weight of the bike will hold it against the wall temporarily while you mark your hole.

GUIDE TO MOUNTING HEIGHTS
AND SETTING OUT MULTIPLE RACKS

Our recommendation is to measure and mount each Steadyrack to suit each individual bike. This is to ensure you achieve the optimal height for easy loading and unloading.

If however, you would like to standardize your mounting heights, we have some tips below to help with planning your installation.  

Mounting your racks all the same height

If you have bikes that are all roughly the same length overall, you can mount them all at the same height. This will use more horizontal wall space, but will allow you to use the pivot function and fold the bikes over each other therefore protruding less and using less floor space. This is ideal for garages where you need to hang the bikes but still get your cars in and out.

Take the longest bike and measure it using the mounting height instructions above. Then set all your racks up to that height.

Tips:

1. Allow approx. 600mm or two feet minimum between racks for this option

2. Bikes typically come in small, medium, large and extra-large sizes. If you have a few of each size consider grouping the different sizes together and mounting each size at its own height.

3. You will likely need to adjust the height of the rear tyre rest to suit each bike even if you are mounting all your racks at the one height. Hang the longest bike first, then hang all the other bikes in that rack so you can see if the rear tyre rest position is correct and adjust as necessary.

Staggering the mounting heights of your racks

This is ideal for situations where you have less horizontal wall space as you can mount the bikes much closer together. You will need more floor space as the bikes will protrude further into the space when overlapped and this will reduces the amount the bikes can pivot. Also note this will require you to lift the bikes up into the higher racks. You can still roll them in and out it will just take more effort.

Group your bikes together so the heavier longer bikes are at the lower level (e.g. E-Bikes) and shorter lighter bikes at the upper level (e.g. Road Bikes).

Take the longest of your heavier bikes and measure it up using the mounting height instructions above. This will give you your lower mounting height level.

Take the longest of your lighter bikes and measure that bike using the mounting height instructions above this will give your higher mounting height level.

Allow a minimum of approx 350mm or 1ft 2” minimum between racks for this option

Tips:

1. If all your bikes have flat bars (e.g. large MTB) you should increase the space between racks to a minimum of 400mm or 1ft 4”” to avoid the handlebars clashing.  

2. If you have a mix of flat handlebars and narrow handlebars (e.g. Road bikes) you should place a bike with narrow bars (see image) next to flat bar bikes and so on. This will allow you to keep the distance between the racks to a minimum of 350mm or 1ft 2”

3. You will likely need to adjust the height of the rear tyre rest to suit each bike. Hang the longest bike first, then hang all the other bikes in that rack so you can find the optimal rear tyre rest position.

Achieving the maximum pivot 

If you would like your bikes to protrude from the wall as little as possible you will need them to pivot as close as possible to the wall.

To achieve this you will need to set out your racks so that the bikes do not overlap. This will use more wall space however will save you floor space as the bikes wont protrude much when fully pivoted in their racks.

Measure the height of each bike when sitting on the floor to either the seat or handlebars (whichever is higher) and use this as a guide for your spacing. In this scenario with no overlap the racks may need to be as much as 1200mm ~4ft apart or more.

 

Tips:

1. The bikes will fold as much as the handlebars will allow. You can measure your widest handlebars to get an idea of how much space you need, and how far from the wall the handlebars will protrude.

2. You can load and unload your bikes from any angle, they do not need to be 90 degrees to the wall to load into the rack.